Definition of misery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɪzəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪzəri//
    (pl. miseries) Unhappiness
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  1. 1[uncountable] great suffering of the mind or body synonym distress Fame brought her nothing but misery. See related entries: Unhappiness
  2. 2[uncountable] very poor living conditions synonym poverty The vast majority of the population lives in utter misery.
  3. 3[countable] something that causes great suffering of mind or body the miseries of unemployment
  4. 4[countable] (British English, informal) a person who is always unhappy and complaining Don't be such an old misery! Old misery guts here doesn’t want to go out.
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French miserie, from Latin miseria, from miser ‘wretched’.Extra examples He was too wrapped in misery to reply. Her misery was made complete when she was separated from her children. His constant criticism made her life a misery. I sank deeper into my misery. In the end we asked the vet to put the creature out of its misery= kill it humanely. In the end we asked the vet to put the poor creature out of its misery. Oh, put her out of her misery—tell her who won. The giant-killers heaped more misery on the home team. The money brought him nothing but misery. This financial blow heaps more misery on the community. This phobia can cause untold misery for the sufferer. War has now added to the misery of these starving people. men who suffer the misery of unemployment the country’s economic misery the sheer misery of homelessness ways to alleviate human misery My old boss used to make my life a misery. The bad news had plunged him into abject misery.Idioms
    make somebody’s life a misery
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    to behave in a way that makes somebody else feel very unhappy
    put an animal, a bird, etc. out of its misery
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    to kill a creature because it has an illness or injury that cannot be treated
    put somebody out of their misery
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    (informal) to stop somebody worrying by telling them something that they are anxious to know Put me out of my misery—did I pass or didn't I?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: misery